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Building on a Storied Past

VFW Post 1 is the first and oldest VFW Post in existence. It was founded in 1899 by members of the First Colorado Volunteers returning from the Philippines during the Spanish American War and commanded by General Irving Hale.

The first meeting took place in the Colorado State Capitol on Dec. 1, 1899 and the organization has been meeting every month since, which is why we are Post 1.  The Post is named for Captain John S. Stewart who was killed in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War. He was much beloved by his troops.


Initially, the organization was known as the Army of the Philippines.  In 1914 the VFW was formed with the merger of several Spanish-American War veteran groups.

Ray starkey 1957

In June 2011, Post 1 consolidated with Post 6616 with the John S. Stewart Post name remaining, as well as the number 1. Located at 4300 Pecos Street in Denver, we are in the process of undergoing a major renovation and hope that you will visit us at Post 2461 at 1350 South Broadway Blvd, Denver, CO 80210 for our monthly meeting on the second Thursday of the month at 7pm.

Despite undergoing renovation, Post 1 remains committed to providing strong programs supporting our troops, fellow veterans and the community as a whole.  Our years without a building built a true desire to focus on programs and not a canteen. The Post grows each month, because of the services and activities that we do in the Veteran community, members are bringing their comrades to Post 1.

Membership includes Medal of Honor Recipients, CEOs, Politicians, Small Business Owners, Executives, Blue Collar, White Collar, Student Veterans, Veterans of all conflicts, people just like you.


Come meet the new VFW Post 1